October 7-10, 2012, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Session Details

Putting "Community" in a Community College Site

#PST22 Poster Sessions Track

First floor foyer, Frontier Airlines Center


In implementing a new site for Southwest Tech, a community college in southwest Wisconsin we are emphasizing the "community" aspect of the college. Southwest Tech has been suffering for years with a site that has limited options for interaction with many "communities" we find ourselves in or relating to. We have chosen to move from a site that made it difficult to find information to a consistent site architecture where information can be found easily. With the old site programs communicated to students and potential students more through Facebook than our website. Now, the new site uses social media to focus on pages within our site. Community College sites are not always clear: Even the TV Show Community knows this: Troy: I think I'm failing psychopharmacology. Britta: Why are you taking that? Troy: I thought it was a class about crazy farm animals.

But we should strive to give users an experience that doesn't leave them guessing.


Michael Steffel
Web Analyst/Programmer, Southwest Tech

Michael Steffel has worked in the Web Development field since 1999. After working in the private sector for more than 10 years, he has entered the public sector first as the Web Programmer for U.W. Platteville and currently as the Web Analyst/Programmer for Southwest Tech in Fennimore, Wisconsin. His programming skills include, but are not limited to, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, and CMSs such as WordPress, Drupal and Joumla. Though he brings programming skills to the table he also has background with SEO, content management, user work flows, and the use of analytics to drive user flow changes. He believes in clean code, well presented information, and nothing as holy.